The Iconic House in Contemporary Design I (1 LU)

When:  Mar 17, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (ET)
The Iconic House in Contemporary Design I
1 LU | Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 1pm - 2:30pm ET


For most of recorded history, the history of architecture has been, in large part, the history of the house. Some houses are so memorable because of the form they take or connect so strongly with our ideas of domesticity, that they have become iconic, influencing subsequent generations of designers. Iconic houses can also have widespread appeal based on culturally determined ideas and forms which they embody, idealize, and often transcend.

In this presentation what it means for a house to be “iconic” will be explored. The belief that architectural precedents have importance as an embodiment of architectural principles, not as models to copy, will be explored. Three architects will present an “iconic house” which resonates with them followed by a presentation and discussion of one of their own houses in relation to this “iconic house”.

A panel discussion will follow to further explore the nature of what makes a house “iconic” in today’s world.

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